Let’s talk about social media. Why are people so obsessed? Editing their faces for photos, spending hours ensuring they get the most “instaworthy” pic, wasting time scrolling their newsfeed. And for what? Why do people prefer to spend time on their phone, obsessing over other people’s perfectly constructed photos when they could look out the window and see natural beauty all around them?
I’ve travelled to many beautiful countries, and seen so many amazing sights. But one sight that never ceases to amaze and frustrate, is that of people out and about, constantly on their phone. Sure it’s okay to take a photo or two, but what’s not okay is spending the majority of your time ensuring you have the perfect photo, rather than focussing and embracing your surroundings.
Furthermore, I fail to see why people do not see the extent of addiction. Since when did your phone become more important than the old school friend you’re catching up with for coffee? Why is what’s happening in “celebrities” lives more important to you than what’s going on in mine? Why would you rather show your parents and grandparents memes, instead of living fully in the moments with them?
If your grandmother passed away suddenly, would your last memory with her be you showing her a photo on a small device, when she’d rather pass along her knowledge and wisdom from her years? Or would your last memory be one of joy and fulfilment, knowing that you made every second with her count, embracing all her stories and love?
I don’t think it’s demanding to expect your company to be fully present when with you. In fact, I think it’s rude if they’re not.
How many times do you go down the street, and see people having meals together, both on their phones and ignoring the other? I’ve seen more than my fair share of these interactions. Where the only human interaction is one taking a break from their phone to show the other something funny on their timeline.
Life is short, people. Put down your phone, talk a walk outside with a loved one, or go for a drive- just do anything that involves seeing that beautiful world around you and not through a screen!
I promise you, once you let go of your fear of being behind on the latest posts, you’ll find peace. You’ll make more meaningful connections. Who knows, you just might find happiness.
But you certainly won’t know until you try.